Sunday, October 29, 2017

This Week in Reading - October 29

It's Sunday Post time!  This is hosted by the awesome Caffeinated Book Reviewer and gives us all a chance to recap our week.

What I Got:

The English Wife by Laura Willig - I loved The Other Daughter so when I was offered this one I jumped at the chance!  Plus this is all about uncovering secrets and there's not much I love more than that. (Publisher)

Ditched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton - I loved the first one in this cozy mystery series set in Arizona and am so excited to see where the series goes.  I can't wait to start reading!  (NetGalley)

Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay - I was super excited to get this newest cozy mystery by Jenn McKilnlay in her library series.  It was a rather nice mailbox surprise.  (Publisher)

Historically Dead by Greta McKennan - So I didn't NEED this one but it involves old houses, old clothes, and history.  There was no way I could resist it.  I'm just not that strong!  (NetGalley)


Reading:  Assault and Buttery by Kristi Abbott and The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

Listening:  I finished The Lying Game by Ruth Ware which I wasn't as in love with as I was with her previous books and am about to start the 4th Flavia de Luce.

Watching:  Not a huge amount and nothing new.  Though J and I are about to start the 2nd season of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and am both excited and a little scared.  I really enjoyed the 1st season but hated the last 5 minutes of the last episode.  So I'm a little nervous to see how the 2nd season starts off.  

Off the Blog:

Nothing really exciting happening here.  It was a bit of a quiet week.  I got some organizing done and all the regular stuff.  Fall has decided to land here and our highs have been in the mid 70s all week.  It's taking some getting adjust too because it went from 90 to 70 with nothing in between and 70 feels so cold!  Granted I'm more than a little bit of a wuss when it comes to cold so that's probably just me.  Allergies have shown up and force and even with shots and meds they've been bugging me and the poor Tornado is just a constant sneeze.

We've started trying to do a weekly movie night here because there are so many kids movies that we've missed over the years and we need to catch up.  There are also a lot that I've watched but would like to rewatch.  So far we've watched The Nightmare Before Christmas (The Tornado liked it, J and I were not fans) and The Incredibles (a rewatch for J and me but we loved it and the Tornado really enjoyed it too).  I'm looking for more movie recommendations.  What are your favorite family friendly movies? 

On the Blog:

What Happened:

What's Coming Up:

Monday:  Nine Lessons - Mystery Review
Tuesday:  Top Ten Favorite Ghost Books
Wednesday:  Sound of Fear
Thursday: The Silent Fountain
Friday:  Friday Linkups with Current Books
Saturday:  Assault and Buttery - Cozy Mystery Review 


  1. The English Wife has a gorgeous cover...and it sounds really tempting. Enjoy!

    I like the idea of the movie nights. Have a great week.

  2. I had a couple of movie nights too. And our weather sounds a lot like yours. I'm with Laurel-Rain about the spectacular cover for The English Wife. I hope you enjoy your new books.

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  3. A drop of twenty degrees is considerable. Hope The English Wife stretches your mystery loving bent. I enjoyed The Other Daughter as well.

  4. Family movie night sounds fun :) I have so many unwatched movies, picking a night a week to go through them is a good idea. Hmmm.

    Enjoy your new reads, Ditched 4 Murder and Death in the Stacks in particular seem like good ones to me!

  5. It's in the low fifties here so I think seventy sounds balmy! I love the idea of a weekly movie night. Have a good week Katherine.

  6. Ohh and I meant to say The English Wife sounds fab. Just mention secrets and I'm in!

  7. We have been watching Sherlock and finished season 2 last night. Obviously not a kid friendly show but I wanted to tell you that’s good. We are enjoying it. My granddaughter liked Wizard of Oz and Babe when she was over. Shrek is a fun movie too, completely kid friendly.

    I’m currently reading The Magpie Murders, it’s great...loads of mystery and books within books. Almost done. The English Wife is beauty. I’m a sucker for lovely book covers.

  8. It's funny how comparisons can change one's perspective - I'm all but jumping for joy that our temperatures are holding in the low 60s during the day as that is really mild for the time of year. But then, we don't get 90 very often at the height of summer. As for family-friendly films - one we all love is the 101 Dalmations - the real-live one featuring Glenn Close as Cruella as it's a delight. All the Ice Age films go down well - they still manage to make me laugh even having watched them a number of times. Have a great week, Katherine.

  9. The weather was nice here. Lots of nice days and really cool weather but today it's suppose to rain and it's sort of muggy. I can't wait until it officially cools off.

    I have night seen Nightmare before Xmas yet this year. I watched Monsters University yesterday, I didn't realize I never saw it. It was cute. My all time favorite is Hocus Pocus! My daughter and I love that movie.

    Have a great week, Katherine! Happy Reading! :)

  10. Enjoy your family movie night. Such a fun idea. My kids and I liked The Secret of NIMH a lot, but it might be for kids a little older than the Tornado. I love how "cold" weather is such a relative term, Katherine. It was in the mid 40's here on Saturday, but the sun was shining and the wind wasn't blowing so it was wonderful to be outside. I like cool and even cold weather if I'm dressed for it.

    The books you got this week look intriguing so I'm going to have go look for them! Hope you have a great week!

  11. That stinks that The Lying Game wasn't as good as her other stuff. I still need t try it. We have finally dipped below the 70's here and now it feels like fall. Movie night sounds fun. Have a great week!

  12. I picked up The English Wife on Netgallery! I haven't started it yet, but it looked promising.
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  13. 90 to 70 is a big jump! But right here we've had 32F. So really :D talk about freezing!
    Sorry about the allergies though :( I've had allergies and lately I've found a good remedy. It has.. Well, basically removed my constant rash on my face that I've had for pretty much a year. And the sneezing is gone. First of all, two or three months of B vitamin, I recommend Swanson, they have B100 which really does the trick. Then - evening primrose oil supplement, also at least 2 months (helps immensely with female hormone stuff as well), and on top of that - bee pollen, one teaspoonful every morning, dissolved in water, before eating (you like it out throughout the night). The pollen thing basically took away any remainder of the allergies I was struggling with. If you're not allergic to bee products, do try it yourself. It's really really good.

  14. That's a pretty big jump in temperatures, I bet you're glad though. I like the cooler weather, but I am the only one at my house. They all like the warm weather. The new additions sounds good. I am hoping that The English Wife is as good as it sounds. I hope you have a great week. :)

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  15. That was a huge jump in temps so I can see that but you should be here in Mo. we went from 70's to 40's! :( You got some great books! I got Historically Dead too! :)

    Have a great week and happy reading!
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  16. Temps have been easing down for us -- not such a sudden drop. We've been in the 60s and low 70s for the last week or two; today it's the 50s, but it's raining so I figure that's why.

    Historically Dead sounds tempting. I've overreached on the NetGalley requests again, so I'm trying to cut back on requesting, but it's hard!

    Family-friendly movies: Well, obviously most of the classic Disney animated movies, as well as their newer ones. (Moana is fantastic!) Beyond that... Robin and I loved TinTin, but Mr. Bookwyrm didn't care for it. Big Hero 6 is wonderful, but there's a very sad death in the first quarter or third that might be hard for the Tornado, especially since he has older siblings. Paddington. The Chronicles of Narnia series (the newer ones, not the old Wonderworks TV series, though they took some liberties with the second and third.) How to Train Your Dragon. Robin really liked Zootopia, but I haven't seen it yet. Maybe Howl's Moving Castle? Some of the older movies still hold their appeal, too: The Wizard of Oz, ET, The Sound of Music, Homeward Bound (never saw it but everyone who has, loved it), Babe (the one about the sheepherding pig), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version). When the Tornado gets a bit older, National Treasure is a lot of fun. That's all I'm coming up with off the top of my head, but I'll drop by again if I think of something else. :-)

  17. I've heard other people say The Lying Game was not as good. I wonder if Ware's being pushed to knock out more books in a hurry to capitalize on her recent success?

  18. You've got some great books there, Katherine! I hope you enjoy Death in the Stacks as much as I did. I really want to read Willig's new novel. I hope you enjoy it.

    I need to give Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency a try. I was surprised my husband hasn't watched any of it yet. I would have thought he'd be all over it. I think he's scared since he heard it goes in a different direction than the books, which he loved.

    I'm sorry to hear allergies have hit you and your family too. :-( We are going from 90's this week to 70's this next week. It seems to be the way of the weather as of late. The Nightmare Before Christmas has grown on me. I didn't care for it the first three or so times I watched it, but I have come to appreciate it more. Mouse loves it.

    I hope you have a great week, Katherine!

  19. That cover for The English Wife! 😍 Beautifully autumnal.

  20. The English Wife is definitely on my wish list.
    Our temps have been in the 30s at night so the furnace season has begun. I hope the allergy symptoms don't get any worse for you! Have a good week!

  21. It looks like you got some creepy books. I hope you love them and enjoy your movies!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  22. I hope you enjoy your new books and have a wonderful reading week. ��❤️
    Enjoy the movie night. Sounds SO fun.

  23. I will have to think on those movies. Stuart Little was the first one to come to mind.🐁

    I am looking forward to your ghost stories list.👻

    Have a wonderful week and happy Halloween. 🎃

  24. Yay for Jenn McKinlay! I do want to read more of her cozy mysteries. I do like kid's movies. My daughter always wanted to watch Wizard of Oz when she was little. The Incredibles is a good one. Have a great week!

  25. Meet the Robinsons is cute. I love Adventures in Babysitting, but that may need to wait a few years. We're going from 80s to 40s. It's a shock to the system!